ROTW: Parents, children, and media

I've been laying low for a few days, giving Did You\nKnow? 2.0 the opportunity to get some traction. So far, so good,\nalthough I don't expect it to get as much attention as the first version\ndid.


Anyway, on with the show. It's time for the third installment of my\nnew Report of the Week (ROTW) feature. This week's\nreport is from the Kaiser Family\nFoundation:


Here's a quote from the report:


Most parents aren't very happy with the amount of sex or violence in the\nmedia today. Two-thirds say they are very concerned about the amount of\ninappropriate media content children in this country are exposed to, and many\nbelieve media is a major contributor to young people's violent or sexual\nbehaviors. In fact, a strong majority would support government regulations on\nthe amount of such content during the early evening hours. . . . At the same\ntime, the majority of parents see inappropriate media primarily as someone\nelse's problem: only one in five (20%) say their own children are seeing "a lot"\nof inappropriate content. The proportion of parents who are "very" concerned\nabout their own children's exposure to sex or violence on TV - while still high\n- has declined steadily over the past nine years.


I think the Kaiser Family Foundation has a\nnumber of great reports. If you haven't seen them, also check out their reports\non media in the\nlives of 8–18 year-olds, how kids' media use\nhelps parents cope, and how Internet filters\naffect the search for online health information.


Happy reading!


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